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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Understand fundamentals of electricity 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
113877  Understand fundamentals of electricity 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Electrical Engineering & Construction   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Electrical Infrastructure Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-04-03  2009-02-18  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2010-02-18   2013-02-28  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
258967  Understand fundamentals of electricity  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons in the Electrical Engineering; Generation; Distribution; Transmission, Construction and Renewable Energy Sector

A person credited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Explaining the electron theory
  • Explain magnetic theory
  • Explain the basic fundamentals of power generation and distribution
  • Apply OHM's law to solve problems
  • Configure series, parallel and series-parallel resistive circuits

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner within the electrical engineering and construction environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of Physical Planning and Construction. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the electrical engineering and construction environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and / or equivalent:
  • Communication, literacy and mathematical skills at NQF Level 1
  • Introduction to industry (work environment) 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Electrical materials may include but not limited to:
    - Conductors
    - Semi conductors
    - Insulators
  • Symbols are limited to SI units 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the basic concepts of electricity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Atomic structures are explained in terms of electrical materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Electron flow in a conductor is explained with reference to electron theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The effect of an external power source on the electrons in a conductor is explained with reference to electron theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The principles of basic electrical circuits are explained in terms of a power source and a load. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The basic principles of voltage and current flow in an electrical circuit are explained in terms of electron theory. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain magnetic theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Permanent magnet concept is explained in terms of the molecular structure of materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. All five characteristics of magnetic lines of flux are explained in terms of magnetic theory. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The relationship between magnetic field and current flow is explained in terms of movement, field strength and conductor length within the magnetic field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The electromagnet concept is explained in terms of magnetic lines of flux around a current carrying conductor and cores. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the basic fundamentals of power generation and distribution. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The production of electricity is explained with reference to pressure, heat, light, friction, magnetism and chemical. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The conversion of resources into usable energy is explained with reference to coal, gas, nuclear, water, wind and solar. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Generation of DC is explained in terms of a single loop in a magnetic field. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Generation of single phase AC is explained in terms of a single loop in a magnetic field. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply and explain electrical units and symbols. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Electrical units and symbols are identified and applied in accordance with SI Units. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The relationship between voltage, current and resistance is explained and applied in terms of Ohm's law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Factors influencing resistance is explained in terms of mateiral type, length, diameter and temperature. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Power consumed by a simple resistive electrical circuit is calculated in terms of DC theory. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Draw and interpret seris, parallel and series-parallel DC resistive circuits & calculate variables. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Series, parallel and series-parallel circuits are drawn and interpreted according to instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Resistance, voltage, current and power variances are interpreted and calculated in series circuits according to instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Resistance, voltage, current and power variances are interpreted and calculated in parallel circuits according to instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Resistance, voltage, current and power variances are interpreted and calculated in series-parallel circuits according to instructions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    An understanding of the manipulation of formulas. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE QUALITY ASSURING BODY
    Core  49773   National Certificate: Construction and Maintenance of Overhead Track Equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  TETA 
    Core  48473   National Certificate: Electrical Engineering  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  58269   National Certificate: Electro-Mechanics  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  74530   National Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  48695   National Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-04-08  Was EWSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  49068   National Certificate: Railway Signalling: Assembly and Wiring of Equipment  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  TETA 
    Core  59569   National Certificate: Electronics  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2015-06-30  MICTS 
    Core  60190   National Certificate: Water and Wastewater Process Control  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2015-06-30  EWSETA 
    Elective  49753   General Education and Training Certificate: General Technical Practice  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2015-06-30  EWSETA 
    Elective  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  59017   National Certificate: Tissue Conversion  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2015-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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